The 20 ‘hottest’ producers in music…according to NME, that is

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As well as pictures of cats having lols and animated gifs, the internet was practically invented for every man and their blog to roll out arbitrary lists counting down the best, worst, smokingest, fugliest ____’s of ____. While ITM is no stranger to a good ol’ list – hey, what are these? Oh, they’re lists and stuff! – those dudes over at NME have perhaps taken things a bit far with their latest list, piling together their picks for the ’20 Hottest Producers In Music Right Now.

Up now on, the producer list covers a lot of ground while never actually outlining what makes one ‘hot’ or their definition of a producer – with beatmakers for hire mixing with solo production artists on the list.

While there’s a few head-scratching moments on the list like seating Lady Gaga and Sugababes hitmaker RedOne alongside Friendly Fires and The Rapture helmer Paul Epworth and recent Klaxons producer Ross Robinson, there are some good picks on the list including Portishead mastermind Geoff Barrow, clubbing chameleon Stuart Price and a top 2 double bill of Andrew Weatherall and James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco.

Check out the full-list below and let us know your personal producer picks in the comments section!

NME’s 20 Hottest Producers In Music Right Now:

Jamie Smith (The xx)
Steve Mackey
Dr. Luke
The Knocks
Semothy Jones
Paul Epworth
Ross Robinson
Geoff Barrow
Major Tom
Stuart Price
Dave Sitek
Rick Rubin
Andrew Weatherall
James Ford


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Doubtful Sounds

Doubtful Sounds said on the 12th Oct, 2010

where is James Blake, Robert Henke and Joy Orbison?


JoeMiller88 said on the 12th Oct, 2010

Pretty happy that Weatherall's one there.


Fantana said on the 12th Oct, 2010

Should I know these names?


SlicyDicer said on the 12th Oct, 2010

Well count me out of the loop


benjiswan said on the 12th Oct, 2010

Paul Epworth's a friggin genius


bassbins said on the 12th Oct, 2010

being an indie rag, NME's not going to have a list overflowing with many well known names from the dance world.. nice to see Jamie Smith there - his solo stuff is sounding pretty good, and the xx had an amazing debut album


GrEnNo said on the 12th Oct, 2010

I would have to say Josh homme is one of the guys who are hot now and will be for years to come, he produced the arctic monkeys new album and sounds awesome, anything he does touches to gold!!!


rustyinbondi2 said on the 13th Oct, 2010

Stuart Price and his french house alias Jacques Lu Cont cracks me up! Jacques = F@*k, Lu - You, Cont - C@%t "Price even went as far as to conduct interviews with British journalists in French via an interpreter" GOLD

Tas One

Tas One said on the 13th Oct, 2010

flying lotus, hudson mohawke, burial, madlib, four tet, mount kimbie, will holland (quantic), simon green (bonobo), ?uestlove, gabe ruth, leon michels...


sonicc said on the 13th Oct, 2010

I agree with most of those, for dance what about Ewan Pearson?

jon beta

jon beta said on the 14th Oct, 2010

Rick Rubin will always be in that line up


mjm_fm said on the 14th Oct, 2010

Jamie Smith's remixes are sensational....